TCAN Reopening Announcement - June 16

After sixteen months of darkness, the TCAN stage is preparing to reopen for live performances.

The pandemic trends have clearly changed in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts ranks second in the nation for the percentage of residents 18+ who are fully vaccinated (70%), with 4.02 million of us now protected by the vaccines. Among MA residents 50 years of age or greater, the number rises to 75% - 85% who are fully vaccinated.

This incredible response by our population has had a direct impact on reducing reported cases, hospitalizations, and lives lost due to COVID-19. As a result, as of May 29, all remaining COVID-19 restrictions have now been lifted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with mask requirements limited only to certain spaces and situations.

We know many of you are excited and enthusiastic to enjoy live performances again -- so we'd like to share with you our plans and schedule for reopening.

MAINSTAGE PROGRAMS

We're excited to announce that mainstage programs will resume indoors at full capacity effective June 19, with a night of comedy featuring Dave Lamb, Francis Birch and Graig Murphy, all veterans of the Boston comedy scene. In July, we welcome sizzling blues from guitarist Ana Popovic (July 10) and the return of the James Montgomery Blues Band (July 16), followed by freewheelin' country from Asleep at the Wheel (July 17). We'll finish up July with a night featuring Grammy-winning artist Marc Cohn (July 23), Boston's own Jon Butcher Axis (July 24) and American songwriter Griffin House (July 29).

CINEMA

While movie screenings have been permitted since July of 2020, we will now offer screenings at full capacity. During the month of June, we will host the premiere release of Lin-Manuel Miranda's new musical film In The Heights, presented on the big screen with gorgeous digital sound. Additional releases for July will be announced soon.

EDUCATION

Kristy Pace, award-winning Director of TCAN's Theater Education Programs and founder of Pocket Full of Tales Theater Company will return once again to host in-person Summer Theatre Workshops at TCAN. These full-day workshops will provide fun and rewarding arts experiences filled with music, theater and visual art for children ages 5-11. For the first time, half-day, virtual online versions of the workshops will be offered to those young students who prefer to participate from home.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT TCAN - ALL PROGRAMS

TCAN is planning to reopen these programs at full capacity, meaning no social distancing. We strongly encourage patrons to be vaccinated. Unvaccinated patrons are required to wear a mask. Masks are optional for vaccinated patrons. All event staff, including volunteers, will be required to provide proof of vaccination and wear protective masks during the event. Final protocols for patrons will be announced prior to each program, but may include mask enforcement, increased cleaning and ventilation enhancements. TCAN will follow guidelines and standards set by the CDC and all state/county guidelines in place on the date of the program.

THANK YOU

TCAN members, donors and sponsors have supported our organization generously for the past 16 months, and we are eternally grateful. The extended closure has taken a great toll on TCAN, and we are still seeking donations to help us through to a full recovery. Please visit this page for ideas on how you can help - we ask that you contribute what you can. 

Thank you for making it possible for TCAN to survive this difficult time. We can't wait to see your smiling faces and welcome you back!

David Lavalley
Executive Director